Google and Ford Collaborate to Develop Self-Driven Cars
Ford Motor and Google have reportedly come together to build the search engine giant's autonomous cars, reported Automotive news. If the contract deal of manufacturing the car is finalized, the car will be expected to be released in first week of January in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show. A spokesman from Google told Automotive News that they would not comment anything on the speculation even though the officials from the company agreed that they are in talks with the car manufacturers.
Google began the discussions earlier this year with the top automakers of the world got together a team of conventional and non-conventional suppliers to expedite the efforts of introducing self-driven cars in the market by 2020. The company started testing its bubble shaped prototypes in June on public roads around the Mountain view area. The company has also started testing the prototypes in Austin. Even though the Ford officials did not confirm the details, the company has made series of announcements about increasing its autonomous car testing. "We have been and will continue working with many companies and discussing a variety of subjects related to our Ford Smart Mobility plan," Alan Hall, Ford spokesman said. "We keep these discussions private for obvious competitive reasons, and we do not comment on speculation," as reported by USA Today.
According to Bloomberg's report last week, Google will keep the parent firm, Alphabet's self driven car business under them. The company has a goal of launching a taxi service or a car-pool service that will be shared by people in the urban areas that would be in competition with Uber and other such companies. The company has already tested its systems on custom-built, low-speed cars put together by a Ford supplier, Roush Industries, as per Yahoo News.